'Kaleidoscope Queen' tribute from the Kaleidoscope Trust President, John Bercow MP.
'A kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth.'
The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, President of the Kaleidoscope Trust, today paid an extraordinary tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, describing her as 'a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth'.
Mr. Speaker Bercow was delivering an address to the Queen in Westminster Hall to mark the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Referring to the changes that had taken place in Britain since her accession to the throne in 1952, Mr. Bercow said the United Kingdom was now a land where men and women are equal under the law 'regardless of how they live, how they look or how they love'.
He went on to describe Her Majesty as 'a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth.'
Lance Price, Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, said:
'John Bercow has once again demonstrated his commitment to upholding the human rights of lesbian and gay people. His choice of words today will not be lost of those of us who have admired his commitment to the values and objectives of the Kaleidoscope Trust since agreeing to be our President last September. Sadly we cannot yet say that men and women are equal under the law throughout the Commonwealth but we remain steadfast in our belief that they should be. We congratulate the Speaker on his words and, on behalf of the millions of LGBT people throughout the Commonwealth, whether free to express their sexuality without danger or not, we offer our own tribute to the kaleidoscope Queen.'
The following is an excerpt from the Speaker's address:
"This is a different Britain from 1952 but not one detached from then. We are in so many ways a much bigger, brighter and better United Kingdom. This is a land where men and women today are equal under the law and where Your people are respected, regardless of how they live, how they look or how they love. This is a nation of many races, faiths and customs, now beginning to be reflected in Parliament. All this progress has occurred during Your reign. You have become, to many of us, a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth."